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What to do about faintness during pregnancy

Your blood volume increases during pregnancy, and the high progesterone levels relax your blood vessels to prevent high blood pressure. However, the relaxed and slack vessels can slow down your circulation enough that you feel faint when you stand up suddenly. Another factor to look for is your body temperature. When your body is overheating, …

What to do about constipation during pregnancy

Your heightened progesterone level will cause the smooth muscle of your body, such as that of your digestive system, to relax and become sluggish. The slower moving digestive tract allows more water to be reabsorbed leaving a harder, drier stool. The pressure on your intestinal tract from the growing uterus compresses the digestive system making …

Pregnant and always have to pee?

Why This Happens The pressure of your growing uterus and a heightened metabolic rate cause increased frequency of urination. For some women, the increased weight of the uterus stressed the pelvic floor muscle causing incontinence. The progesterone that is working to ensure you stay pregnant relaxes smooth muscle (like that of your urinary tract). This …

Dealing with pregnancy back aches

Why back aches? Though common, back aches are not an inevitable part of pregnancy. Several factors work together to cause back aches. As the baby grows, the mother’s center of gravity changes. Some women respond to the changing center of gravity by pulling the shoulders back, which puts pressure on the lower back. Wearing shoes …